I would appear that Spring has finally sprung in our neck of the woods. The real tell tale signs of Spring is the incredible melt off and running water that makes its way from the hills in to the river at the center of the valley. When I think of the last throes of Winter only recently departed and the onset of Spring, I am reminded of a fine chaire made by Tsukigata Nahiko. This Oni-Shino chaire shows drifts of snow being cut through by small ravines created by flowing water creating a microcosm that epitomizes the season in my mind. One of the reasons that I admire the Oni-Shino of Tsukigata is the complexity of the surfaces and the endless landscapes and memories that they can conjure.